Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1906-1907

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twelve texts from papyri in his own possession. One of them concerns
the tax known as apid^riKov, which appears to have had to do especially
with land held by /caroi/coi. Another is a complaint by the commissioners
for confiscated lands that the inspectors of olive-yards are bribed not to
give correct reports as to cultivated and uncultivated areas. The remain-
ing text-publications are not new, but are selections of texts already
extant for special purposes. Thus Wessely has prepared for the Patrologict
Orientalis of MM. Grafm and Nau a selection of early Christian docu-
ments written on papyrus, with somewhat full commentaries.17 It
includes four libelli lilellaticorum of the Decian persecution (one not
previously published, in the possession of the editor), and mentions the
existence of a fifth at Alexandria; five letters, notably the much dis-
cussed Letter of Psenosiris; three fragments of books of the New Testa-
ment (it is not clear why the most important of these, the Oxyrhynchus
MS. of the Epistle to the Hebrews, is omitted); the so-called Logia
(properly Xojoi) and the Eainer and Oxyrhynchus fragments of apocryphal
Gospels; five extracts from magical papyri; the Oxyrhynchus fragments
of Hernias and Irenaeus ; and half-a-dozen miscellaneous and unimportant
texts. It may be of some assistance to a few students to have these texts
brought together in a single volume, otherwise it cannot be said that the
publication is likely to be very serviceable. H. Lietzmann has published18
a little selection of eleven papyri for the use of theological students,
which is well spoken of by Wilcken in the Archiv, but I have not seen it.
A larger selection, intended rather for students of language, and not only
for theologians, is Witkowski's edition of all the extant private letters of
the Ptolemaic period.19 The texts themselves are not particularly inte-
resting, as a rule, but the index of words will be useful, and the footnotes
are full and instructive. In conclusion, it may be mentioned that
Prof. Nicole has published the indices to the first volume of the Geneva
Papyri,20 a service for which all students of papyri will be grateful.

A publication of a rather special kind is that by M. Seymour de Eicci21
of four Latin texts from wax tablets discovered in Egypt, which have been
lying in the Cairo Museum for the last ten years. Only two such tablets
with Latin texts had previously been known. One is a military diploma
of honourable discharge, granted by the Prefect of Egypt; two are notifica-
tions by a woman of Antinoopolis of her accession to the inheritance of
her mother and grandmother, written both on the wax inside the tablets
and in ink (with the names of the witnesses) on the outside; and the
fourth is a formal copy of an entry in the official register of births.
M. Paul Girard supplies a brief commentary on the texts.
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